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Wow! New friends in Madrid

We had made plans in Barcelona with our new friends from Wisconsin, T&D, to reconnect in Madrid on the tail end of our trips. We each had committed to bringing a wine to a going away dinner. T&D had been touring Spain’s northern wine regions – Priorat, Rioja, Toro – while we had toured Southern Spain’s andalucian tourist attractions, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, and Madrid.

T&D brought an excellent Priorat wine and a superb Priorat wine that they had purchased from wineries in the region. Erin and I brought a La Mancha Temporanilla and a Lanzarote (Canary Islands) Malvasia.

They invited us to meet their Madrileno friend, JP, and we enjoyed our wines in his beautiful penthouse apartment near the Retiro park.

Our night unbelievably improved beyond this experience as JP took us to a local restaurant serving cider in the traditional way which is for the server to aerate the cider by holding the bottle of cider at arms length extended above the head and pouring a stream of cider into the glass held at waist height. I have a video of this that I’ll try to post from a desktop. We ordered a salad of lettuce wedges and anchovies and cooked tenderloin of tuna, red peppers stuffed with bacalao and covered in romesco sauce, mussels, and fried anchovies. The piece de la resistance was the beef tenderloin somolillo that is served raw alongside a piping hot clay plate used by the patron to cook the beef to their liking. This was served with a side of roasted potatoes and padron peppers. DELICIOUS. Afterward we concluded the night at JPs corner bar for a few drinks.

Solid night out with friends in Madrid!

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